The Second Chance for Service Act. Original Cosponsor Opportunity Deadline COB Wednesday

Please join us in protecting those who have protected our country. Approximately 35,000 legal permanent residents (LPRs), or green card holders, serve on active duty and 8,000 join every year. These brave men and women pledge to protect a nation they are
not full citizens of. Their service does qualify them for an expedited naturalization process. However, all veterans must pass a “good moral character” test. This is not a judgement call made by an immigration official. For honorably discharged veterans who
have committed certain felonies, the “good moral character” standard becomes an automatic bar from naturalization. Many LPRs are vulnerable to deportation under laws that eliminated any discretion and reclassified many low-level offenses as “aggravated felonies”
that prevent a non-citizen veteran from ever becoming a citizen. However, many LPRs who serve are not made aware of their right to naturalization and many have been deported believing their service automatically granted them citizenship.

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Support McGovern-Emmer Amendment 43 (Rule 2) to NDAA

Our amendment to the NDAA would require the Department of Defense to design and produce a military service medal to honor retired and former members of the Armed Forces who are radiation-exposed veterans. This would include members of our Armed Forces who
participated in above-ground nuclear weapons testing; were part of the U.S. military occupation forces in or around Hiroshima and Nagasaki before 1946; or were held as POWs in or near Hiroshima or Nagasaki.
This amendment was included in the House NDAA for the past two years.

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Support NDAA Amendment #424

Our service academies train and develop the future officers and leaders of the Armed Forces. These talented men and women come from all over the nation to attend these schools. Most who attend the service academies played on sports teams in high school and
want to continue to compete in college.

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VOTE NO on Poe Amendment #116 to NDAA – Militarizes Border Communities

I ask that you join me in voting NO on the Poe Amendment to the NDAA which would further militarize border communities. This amendment would provide DOD 1033 program preference to federal, state, and local law enforcement requesting drones, night vision
goggles, and Humvees for border enforcement. As a Member of Congress that represents a district that includes 300 miles of the U.S./Mexico border, my constituents have directly seen the impacts of border militarization. These efforts are wasteful and ineffective.
Please read the information provided by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) who is also opposing this amendment.

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Improve GI Bill Education Benefits for the Newest Generation of Veterans – Join over 50 Bipartisan Co-Sponsors

As thousands of servicemembers continue to make their transition from active duty to civilian life, I believe one of the best ways to ensure a seamless transition is to provide them access to their earned education benefits that will help educate or train
them for jobs in the civilian sector.  While the current Post 9/11 GI Bill is already a generous benefit, we need to make necessary improvements to ensure its future prosperity and provide new benefits for the newest generation of veterans, survivors, and
dependents.  This bipartisan and bicameral package includes over 28 provisions from 17 bills that have already been introduced by our colleagues in the House. These provisions have been proposed and prioritized by veterans groups and the bill is budget
neutral. Major provisions of the bill would:

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Support McGovern-Emmer Amendment 43 to NDAA

Our amendment to the NDAA would require the Department of Defense to design and produce a military service medal to honor retired and former members of the Armed Forces who are radiation-exposed veterans. This would include members of our Armed Forces who
participated in above-ground nuclear weapons testing; were part of the U.S. military occupation forces in or around Hiroshima and Nagasaki before 1946; or were held as POWs in or near Hiroshima or Nagasaki.
This amendment was included in the House NDAA for the past two years.

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